What is Covid-19?
Covid-19 is the virus that caused the pandemic in 2020. The disease can spread from person to person through close contact, aerosols (respiratory droplets) and contact with surfaces. The symptoms of Covid-19 are different from person to person, but can include fever, chills, cough, fatigue, sore throat, congestion, loss of taste and/or smell, muscle pains, headaches, shortness of breath, nausea and diarrhea. People at highest risk are older adults, pregnant women and people with medical conditions (for example, cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic lung disease and diabetes).
How can you protect yourself?
If you think you have any symptoms, isolate yourself and seek medical attention immediately.
To protect yourself from the virus, it is important to follow these instructions:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
When in public spaces, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth
If possible, stay home and avoid large groups of people
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
Practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet away from other people
Get the Covid-19 vaccine if it is available where you live
More information on the Covid-19 vaccine:
It is important to know that the Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Currently, there are three approved vaccines in the U.S. against Covid-19: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. If you are eligible to get the vaccine, it is important to do so. The vaccine works to protect against getting the Covid-19 disease and helps to prevent the spread of the disease.
For more information to protect yourself and the Covid-19 vaccine:
The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has a website and information lines in Spanish about COVID-19. Call 1-866-365-8110 for answers to questions about the vaccine, and 1-855-472-3432 for answers to questions about the virus in general. On this web page you can get information about the virus and the vaccine, and you can see a map of the centers that test for COVID-19.